Belmont County Courthouse Scheduled to Get a New Lift

The Belmont County Courthouse is set to get a new elevator.

County commissioners on Wednesday passed a motion to advertise for bids to replace the elevator, which was installed in the courthouse during the mid-1970s, according to county Buildings and Grounds Superintendent Jack Regis.

“There are problems with it, and instead of repairing it we thought it would be best to just get a new elevator,” Commissioner Matt Coffland said. “The shaft will remain. We’re just going to get a new cart and mechanics.”

The expected cost for the new elevator is $100,000.

In other matters, commissioners approved an easement right of way for Ohio Power to provide electrical service to a facility at Belmont College.

County Director of Tourism Eugene “Doc” Householder gave his quarterly report to the board, and commissioners passed a motion granting the board’s request for $25,000 in lodging tax receipts to go to the county’s museums for upgrades.

Commissioners awarded a bid to pave a portion of County Road 26 between Morristown and Bethesda. Shelley & Sands of Rayland will do the work for a cost of $449,343.

The county will apply for Issue 2 funding to pay for the project, as the County Township Trustees Association has agreed to allow the county to submit the grant application. “It should rank high, as it involves many roads throughout the county,” Coffland said.

And following a closed-door executive session, commissioners voted to hire Jim Benda as a meter reader for the Belmont County Sanitary Sewer District at the rate of the $12.45 per hour upon the recommendation of Director Mark Esposito.

Commissioner Mark Thomas was not present at Wednesday’s meeting.